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Ascent of Little Bald Mountain in 1995-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Andy Woodcock
James Christopher
Mark Rynning
Larry Mitchell
Scott Quinlan
and me
Date:September, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5280 ft / 1609 m

Ascent Trip Report

Conclusion to a very disorganized backpacking trip. We had one nice camping site with a good water fall that was fun to climb earlier in the trip and once camp site along what looked to be a harmless little stream that would provide nice tumbling sounds to sleep against. I learned never again to backpack in a cheap tent. The torrential rains that second night camping cuased the creek to swell like a raging river and came up to my tent. My tent was filled with water. The next days climb along the trails crossed the "creeks" many times but they were all flowing like rivers and the crossings were quite difficult. Most of the party were not into peak bagging so much of the peaks were incidental to the trip or hurried, or just a solo quick bushwhack by myself cause i like to reach the highpoints while backpacking. This trip had enought adversity that the dynamics of the group that would backpack changed thereafter for us.

Unfortunatly since I typed this log many years retrospective i have little recollections of the peaks obtained along the way themselves and have mostly pictures and the trail route map to reconstruct the trip. The torrential rain from hell will thus, be my main recollection of this entire journey as spending the entire night hunkered into a ball trying to be elevated on a pad above the water rising up in my tent was a lesson in bringing better quality equipment with me for the future.

My only recollection of this peak was - thankfully we are up and back and can get dry.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1360 ft / 414 m
    Total Elevation Loss:330 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1360 ft / 414 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Start Trailhead:Good Enough Gap  3920 ft / 1194 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:330 ft / 100 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:Buck Spring and Highway  4950 ft / 1508 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Black Mtn - Woodcock (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
2Black Mountain1995-09 b946 ft / 288 m
4Laurel Mountain-Not to summit1995-09 d370 ft / 113 m
5Poundingstone Mountain1995-09 e240 ft / 73 m
6Black Mountain1995-09 f1122 ft / 342 m
7Rich Gap Mountain1995-09 g450 ft / 137 m
8Johnson Knob1995-09 h560 ft / 171 m
9Little Bald Mountain1995-09 i1360 ft / 415 m
Total Trip Gain: 5048 ft / 1539 m    Total Trip Loss: 1918 ft / 585 m



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